The event took place on September 4th, 2023, at Ambassador Shyaka’s residence and drew a distinguished crowd, including the Senate Vice President, counselors from the Polish Presidency office, officials from various Polish ministries, over 30 accredited ambassadors, representatives from esteemed universities and financial institutions, Rwandans, and friends of Rwanda residing in Poland.
Ambassador Shyaka expressed his gratitude to all the participants for joining in the celebration, which coincided with Rwanda’s Independence Day.
He highlighted the significance of 29th Liberation Anniversary, marking the day when the Rwanda Patriotic Front halted the Genocide against the Tutsi, defeated the EX-FAR, and laid the foundation for Rwanda’s rebirth.
He underscored Rwanda’s remarkable socio-economic development achievements, noting that Rwandans had chosen unity as the cornerstone of their progress.
Since 2000, Rwanda has achieved significant milestones, with its GDP growing by 8%, domestic tax collections increasing twentyfold, and the national budget expanding fourteenfold.
Rwanda has also actively contributed to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions and is one of the safest countries in Africa.
Amb. Shyaka commended Rwanda for its low corruption rates, commitment to gender equality, and its attractive environment for investors, all of which have contributed to its success.
He emphasized that Rwanda’s accomplishments are not the result of an absence of challenges but rather stem from a clear vision and relentless efforts to achieve its aspirations through home-grown solutions.
Amb. Shyaka also lauded the strong and mutually beneficial relations between Rwanda and Poland, particularly in the fields of education and investment.
Ambassador Piotr Rychlik who represented the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed his admiration for Rwanda’s achievements under the visionary leadership of President Paul Kagame.
He also praised the cordial bilateral ties between both nations.
The event was further enriched by traditional performances by the Icyeza ballet, adding cultural vibrancy to the celebration.